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FERRON, Marcelle (1924-2001)
Recent auction results 02-06-10 Untitled 74.8 x 98.4 $451,796 USD 01-06-10 Sans Titre 45.5 x 28 x 0.7 $118,000 USD 17-05-12 Cerce Nacarat 63.7 x 59 $108,877 USD Born in Louiseville (Mauricie), Quebec, Canada, she was an early member of Paul-Émile Borduas's Automatistes art movement. She signed the manifesto Refus global, a watershed event in the Quebec cultural scene, in 1948.
In 1953, she moved to Paris, where she worked for 13 years in drawing and painting and was introduced to the art of stained glass, for which she would become best known.
One of her stained-glass windows is at Champ-de-Mars metro station in Montreal. It was one of the first non-figurative works to be installed in the metro, in defiance of the didactic style present in other works of the period, and signalled a major shift in public art in Montreal between the policies of then art director Robert Lapalme and future art director and fellow automatiste Jean-Paul Mousseau.
Other examples of her works can be seen at Vendôme metro station, Hôpital Sainte-Justine, and the ICAO headquarters, in Montreal; the Place du Portage in Gatineau, Quebec; and the Granby, Quebec courthouse.
In 1983, she was awarded the Paul-Émile-Borduas medal for the visual arts by the government of Quebec.
In 1985, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and was promoted to Grand Officer in 2000. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.